This week has all the usual about injury reports, game planning, and opponent discussion. But there is not much usual about playing a road game early in the non conference schedule. From @HuskerExtraBR:
This is only the second time since 2000 that Nebraska has played a road game in the second week of the season. Also, 2007 at Wake Forest.
Another unusual thing about this week? The Huskers had an exceptional passing game on Saturday, and clearly hope to continue that. @JeffieHusker pulls an interesting fact about the passing stat line:
Nebraska is 24-13 in the week after a game in which a #Huskers QB has thrown for 250+ yards.
Taylor Martinez critics may have been surprised by the result, but not Kenny Bell.
Ten people with a catch? “I’m sure the fans and media were surprised, but that was no surprise to me,” Kenny Bell said. #Huskers
So to prepare for this upcoming week, the Huskers have a lot to think about. For one, will star running back Rex Burkhead be ready? Uncertainty means probably not.
Rex Burkhead's status for UCLA game remains uncertain, per #Huskers RB coach Ron Brown.
But UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora is concerned either way, and about more than just Rex (from @HuskerFaithful).
Mora on #Huskers: They're pretty good with or without Rex.
Jim Mora on #Huskers: Size and depth concerns me about them. Can't think of a better time to play them though.
Jim Mora on the #Huskers: Taylor Martinez most worrisome, knew he could run, now he can throw. Jeff Garcia like.
Fox Analyst Charles Davis has his thoughts on the game prep with @HuskerExtraSip.
Mora will have UCLA kids "primed," Davis said. "I've been telling Nebraska people for a long time, you better go out there and be prepared."
On #Huskers defense, "They looked like a team that's thinking less and going after the ball more," Fox football analyst Charles Davis says.
More on Charles Davis regarding UCLA. "They're tired of getting clowned in their hometown." Bruins have a lot to prove Saturday, Davis said.
The key for #Huskers on Saturday? "Weather the early storm," Davis said. "And stay within what you are. Nebraska has plenty of talent."
A couple of the key pieces to "weather the storm" on Saturday were talked about. According to Secondary Coach Terry Joseph, Mohammed Seisay will return to the field after the ankle injury from spring ball.
Joseph on the progress of #Huskers cornerback M. Seisay: “Mo has had a good week so far. He looks like the player that he should be."
Another key component will be Braylon Heard, who expected to be just a boon to the depth, instead will be the guy to spell Ameer Abdullah and bring in that added punch of freshness to the field.
At which position does Braylon Heard feel most comfortable? "Probably running back because I played it the longest," he said. #Huskers
It was probably a very good thing that he converted over from corner in the off season when Aaron Green transferred, because he has that "it" factor needed from any back in the Husker backfield.
Heard is very understated, quiet, at least in media interviews. I think he has great potential at RB. Has the instincts.